Education

High School Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure Program

Empower students to build skills for lifetime success.

Expand your subject knowledge and develop strategies for preparing students in grades 8–12 for college and careers. In our secondary education program, you’ll investigate aspects of adolescent development and the role of contemporary high schools in serving emerging adults. Explore best practices for instruction and assessment. And learn classroom management skills and how to work with diverse student populations.

At Lesley, you’ll prepare to effect positive change, both in the classroom and in the minds of your students.

Discover how project-based collaborative learning can engage students in meaningful explorations. Develop ways to teach students of varying abilities, and how to promote literacy and support English language learners. Throughout your studies, learn to bring creativity and reflection to all you do. At the end of your program, practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom through your student teaching experience.

You'll graduate knowing that you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. This program prepares you for licensure in one of eight content areas:

  • Biology (8–12)
  • Chemistry (8–12)
  • Earth Science (8–12)
  • English (8–12)
  • History (8–12)
  • Mathematics (8–12)
  • Physics (8–12)
  • Political Science/Political Philosophy (8–12)

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program

37 Credits
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On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. Start in Spring 2019 in Concord, MA.

High school teacher sitting with 2 students
Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our high school education program prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Linda Triplett
Linda Mensing-Triplett
Linda brings to her teaching a range of educational experiences. She’s been a teacher of students with severe special needs, a child psychologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health, a school psychologist for several school districts, and a neuropsychologist for North Shore Children’s Hospital—just to name a few.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
High School Education
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 37
    $31,080
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The per credit tuition rate listed above is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 37
    $24,050
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
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